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Rambling

Saturday, January 19, 2013

COLD last night (down to about 8 degrees F), and the power went out a little after 10 pm. We stayed up until around midnight, after lighting a few candles and an oil lamp, and listening to music on a battery-powered player, hoping it would come back on, but no such luck... so, turned off what we could, threw another blanket on the bed, I replaced my usual PJs with a long-sleeve turtleneck and sweatpants, and hoped for the best. i woke up at 2:22 a.m. and the power was back on, promptly fell back to sleep and got the best night's sleep I've had in a while... go figure!

Earlier in the day had been more than a little stressful; DH -- who is about the most even-tempered person I've ever known -- reached his limit of patience with our elderly sister-in-law, who has been beyond negative about moving from their house to an apartment. It is not very often that I am telling HIM to calm down...

Then today was snowy, but it has to wait until tomorrow for cleanup since we had bowling league tonight. One of the huge benefits of retirement is being able to say I'll do it tomorrow, instead of having to somehow fit it in between the cracks of the work day!

And, with all of the above, what do i find to be grateful for?? Cardinals... yes, the bright-red birds... which are pretty much the only color in our black, gray and white landscape this time of year! We've been diligently keeping the bird feeders filled, and the cardinals have been regular visitors, so the $25 or so per month for feed has been a small price to pay for their presence.

Also yesterday, I spent pretty much of the entire day trying to figure out how to set up my email on a new Lenovo tablet computer, and was pretty ecstatic when I finally got it... only to find that for some reason my email was no longer working right on my laptop computer! I have no idea why at this point, and after spending about half an hour on "live chat" with a rep from Charter (my ISP) i was told that I need to delete the email acct and start over. I'm not really convinced that this is going to be necessary, but time will tell...

And now, a challenge to myself -- to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks, at which time we are going on vacation to Florida to visit with DH's brother and his wife. That will put me at -30 pounds, which will be great, except that I need a few new clothes... all the pants that I have are already pretty much hanging off me, and my polo shirts and other tops are really big. Time to clean out the closet and get a few new things to tide me over for a while.

All of this is very random, and yet it comes together in the fact that our day-to-day living can either get in the way of our goals, or just be incorporated into the overall plan... I'm choosing the latter!

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